Magazine article American Forests

Reviews -- the Dying of the Trees; the Pandemic in America's Forests by Charles E. Little

Magazine article American Forests

Reviews -- the Dying of the Trees; the Pandemic in America's Forests by Charles E. Little

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The Dying of the Trees; The Pandemic in America's Forests, by Charles E. Little. Viking Press, 375 Hudson St., New York NY 10014-3657 (1995). 275 pp., paperback, ISBN 0-670-84135-8. $22.95

This is a very scary book, and the first about forest decline written for a general audience. But Charles Little is neither a sensationalist writer nor a doomsayer environmentalist. His credentials as a policy analyst include experience as head of the natural resources-policy research office of the Congressional Research Service in the Library of Congress, senior associate at the Conservation Foundation, executive director of the Open Space Institute, and president of the American Land Forum. Nevertheless, this book presents a very dismal view of our nation's forests--a view not likely shared by many government forestry agencies.

Little admits "despair" is the one word that describes his personal response to the research finding he reports. Those findings report on forest decline in the Green Mountains of Vermont, dying dogwoods throughout the Middle Atlantic States, deadly effects of acid rain in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the impact of diseases and pests in the Sierra Nevada, and many other incidents of tree death. …

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